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THE TATTLER 




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THE Board of Editors takes great 
pleasure in presenting to you the 
second volume of the Tattler. We 
feel that its publication is now past 
the experimental stage and, we hope, has become 
an established custom. Believing that unless a 
publication keeps improving, it is certain to 
deteriorate we have put out a much larger and, 
we hope, a much better annual than has ever 
before been attempted in W. H. S. The staff 
wishes to take this opportunity to thank all 
those who have contributed to this issue and 
who have helped to make it a success. 



EDITOR-IN-CHIEF 

Francis Manwell '24 

ASSISTANT EDITORS 

Anita Smith '24 David Hoxie '25 

Edward Foster '25 

ASSOCIATE EDITORS 

School Notes Flora Manwell '24 

Athletics Edward Schuler '24 

Jokes Charles Watling '24 

Alumni Alice Graves '24 

BUSINESS MANAGER 

Bruce Nash '25 





Contents 




Foreword 




i 


Dedication 




3 


Class Officers 




5 


Class History 




5 


Senior Class 




9 


Class Day Exercises 


17 


Literary 




20 


Athletics 




29 


Junior Class 




33 


Class of 1926 




35 


Class of 1927 




37 


Debating 




39 


School Spirit 




39 


School Notes 




40 


Orchestra 




41 


Alumni 




42 


Snaps 




43 


W. H. S. Directory 


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The school bell is ringing for the last time. Facing you 
now are the big doors of Life and Opportunity. 
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Secretary and Treasurer — Flora Manwell 



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I awake from my doze by the fire- 
place with a start. Was that a knock at 
the door which had startled me? I 
listened and it was repeated. I went to 
the door to greet my caller and found 
a young gentleman who had come to 
escort my niece to her first school party. 
She entered the room, radiant in her 
youth and a charming vision in her first 
evening gown. They sat and chatted 
with me until it was time to go. After 
they had closed the door and the sound 
of their gay laughter floated back to me 
as they went merrily down the street, I 
was reminded of my own happy days in 
high school. 

I thought of the steady onslaught of 
rain which was the only cloud in the 
happiness of the Haydenville pupils 
who gathered at the corner to take the 
8.45 car for Williamsburg. We arrived 
there safely and joined those comrades 
who were to be ours for four years and 
we were in number — the largest class in 
high school. 

I remembered very clearly the girls' 
unsuccessful attempts at waves which 
were supposed to curve artistically 
about their temples but which, on ac- 



count of the dampness of the atmos- 
phere, either clung tightly to their 
heads or hung in the manner which was 
intended by nature. However, the spir- 
it of the class of '24 was not likewise 
dampened. 

As we passed through the halls we, 
unlike most freshmen, stood not at all 
in awe of the dignified seniors as most 
of us had some kindred in this class. 
As some of the illustrious kindred said, 
we had a reputation to live up to. Judge 
for yourselves how difficult was our 
task ! 

The first class meeting, conducted by 
some of the senior boys, made us 
realize how important high school was. 

Soon after this, a rumor drifted about 
that plans were being made for the 
freshman reception. We all became 
more and more nervous as the time drew 
near. Those of us who had brothers in 
the upper classes were more frightened 
than the rest because we knew that this 
was a good occasion on which to wreak 
vengeance for certain family quarrels. 
However, we all survived and suffered 
no ill effects. 



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After this momentous occasion, we 
settled down to work. Then the weeks 
began to drag and the most exciting 
event of the day was the uncertainty of 
whether we would be called upon in 
class for something we knew or whether 
we would have to rely upon a vivid im- 
agination. And if practise makes per- 
fect, surely our imaginations might 
have been compared to that of Shelley 
or Longfellow. 

The basketball teams were very suc- 
cessful this year. The boys played many 
games and most of them were at distant 
places and scheduled for the middle of 
the winter, so the trips had to be taken 
in sleighs. This didn't seem to dampen 
their ardor any but in fact, increased 
it. These sleighrides were a great reve- 
lation to us as we learned on the first 
one why everyone had seemed so de- 
lighted when it was being planned. 

The next exciting event was the an- 
nual Junior-Senior prom, the prepara- 
tions for which Ave were very interested 
in watching. But alas! — that was as 
near as we ever were to the prom for 
Freshmen and Sophomores were exclud- 
ed because they were not sophisticated 
enough. 

After the dance, everything settled 
into its usual routine. Then, it was 
rumored that Miss McDonnell was go- 
ing to leave. We were all sorry to have 
her go but one in our class was espe- 
cially grief-stricken. So great was her 
grief that we had to dismiss one class 
meeting because she could not bear to 
see anyone, including our president, 
occupy Miss McDonnell's chair, where- 
by she gained the title of ''Filibuster." 
We gave a farewell party for Miss Mc- 
Donnell and the next week welcomed 
Mrs. Baeder, who took her place. 

The next few weeks were spent in 
feverish anxiety by the girls who were 



giving the operetta entitled "Twilight 
Alley." All the boy scout suits in town 
were borroAved so that some of the girls 
might represent Jack and his baseball 
nine. After seeing that performance 
we were convinced that some bier league 
had missed some wonderful material. 

After the operetta, Ave were looking 
forward to graduation which came all 
too soon as we were rather awed by the 
thoughts of becoming Sophomores, not 
because Ave hadn't learned everything to 
be learned in the Freshman year but 
because the Sophomore Avork looked 
harder. 

But, after a long summer vacation, 
we were glad, even as our motto says, 
to "proceed and not recede" and join 
the ranks as Sophomores. 

Our numbers were greatly increased 
this year and during the year Ave found 
that our new members had many origi- 
nal ideas on how to evade some extra 
hard assignments. 

These members were also included in 
the initiation at the Freshman recep- 
tion for which Ave Avere called upon to 
give our aid and funds. 

In November, Mrs. Baeder left and 
her vacancy was filled by Miss Camp- 
bell. 

This year, the boys' basketball team 
was not quite as successful. The girls 
were very successful however and 
played many games during the season. 

In the spring the Junior-Senior re- 
ception was held and Ave were very de- 
pressed because Ave could not go. But, 
if vve felt bad before the reception, one 
can't imagine the state of our feelings 
after Ave heard all the rumors about the 
boys' fondness for hair tonic and the 
chaperones' fondness for punch. 

The next year, as learned Juniors. Ave 
gathered in Miss Dunphy's room and 



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welcomed two new teachers, Miss Toole, 
who took Miss Campbell's place and Mr. 
Johnson. As some new studies were 
added to the curriculum, it was neces- 
sary this year to have a fourth teacher. 

After the class meetings had been held 
and important subjects discussed, the 
three upper classes united to tender the 
'"'f resides" a reception which they 
would always remember. — and they 
have ! 

The basketball team was more success- 
ful and played many games for which 
the girls played the preliminaries. 

A debating society, composed of the 
Junior and Senior classes was organized 
and at the first meeting, a constitution 
was drawn up. In this, it was stated 
how often each meeting should be held, 
but it was so complicated that no one 
ever stopped to figure it out, but by 
"broad construction" the debates were 
scheduled for the third Wednesday of 
each month. 

Another remarkable feature of this 
year was the issuing of a school paper. 
As this was the first year that we had 
attempted anything of this sort, it was 
rather brief. It gave us a start, how- 
ever, to make a greater success of it 
next year. 

About this time, the boys planned to 
hold a track meet and many original 
stunts were introduced and there was 
great rivalry among the classes. We 
won't mention the number of pieces of 
wearing apparel and other personal 
effects that were left on the field of 
battle ! The girls arranged prizes and 
presented them to the winners. 

This year, much to our delight, we 
were to partake in the Junior-Senior 
reception. As the latest Parisian 
fashion reported that the girls would be 
using slickum this year, as well as the 
boys, the number of guests was some- 



what restricted but our enjoyment was 
not lessened. 

Then, began the great preparations 
for graduation. The assembly hall was 
fittingly decorted for the last exercises 
of the class of 1923 and with sad hearts, 
we watched our comrades of three years 
complete their course and realized that, 
in the coming fall, we would, in filling 
their vacated positions, comprise the 
Senior class of Williamsburg High 
School. 

When we entered our last year of 
high school, our number was greatly de- 
creased, especially the number of boys. 
But, though the number was small, they 
made up in quality what they lacked in 
quantity and will always be remem- 
bered for their wonderful work in ath- 
letics. The Seniors composed a good 
part of the basketball team. They 
played many games during the season 
and, in the majority of them, were vic- 
torious. I can 't think of this team with- 
out being reminded of Captain Schuler 
of whose playing the whole class was 
very proud. 

This year, Mr. Johnson's position was 
filled by Mr. Clough. 

During our last year, more social 
gatherings than usual were held. Fresh- 
man reception came first, the initiation 
being the chief entertainment. After 
this, the various classes held parties on 
different holidays — Hallowe'en, Wash- 
ington's birthday, Xmas and similar 
occasions. 

Everyone was requested to attend 
the Hallowe'en party in costume and 
the display was beyond description. 

Many secrets were disclosed at the 
Xmas party, when the presents were 
given out with the verses which accom- 
panied them. 

The party on Washington's birthday 
was rather too dignified to be enjoyable 



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until someone suggested that we return 
to childhood days and play "Farmer in 
the dell" and from the sounds of hilar- 
ity, the party was a great success. 

One amusing incident happened dur- 
ing our senior year, in our geometry 
class. This memorable morning, Mr. 
Clough called upon Charlie Watling — 
well, probably just as a matter of form. 
But much to our surprise, Charlie rose 
to the occasion and, by the aid of some 
invisible power gave a miraculous reci- 
tation. Upon its conclusion, Charlie, 
being too exalted and thus proving the 
old slogan — pride goes before a fall — 
missed his chair by half a foot and 
landed upon the floor. He scrambled 
to his chair which had been moved by 
the aid of some power not quite so in- 
visible to those in the immediate vicin- 
ity and the rest of the period Avas de- 
voted to a lecture by Mr. Clough, who 
enlarged upon the awkwardness of the 
average high school boy. This was 
much easier to understand than why 
two triangles with two angles and an 
included side are respectively equal. 

How tilings have changed from the 
years when we were in the grades ! In 
the first and second grades, if our names 
were posted on the board, it was a sign 
that we deserved great credit. Anyone, 
passing by the bulletin board and east- 
ing a glance upon the list of names 
posted there, would have thought that 
much praise was due the pupils of 
Williamsburg High School. If this per- 
son were interested, he would probably 
have lingered to examine the list more 
closely. Then his eye might have rested 
upon the sentence, "The following will 
please report at afternoon session." 

"But— thus rolls the wheel of fate." 

This spring, we received a pleasant 



surprise when a photographer came to 
school and one whole morning was spent 
in posing for pictures which were to be 
inserted in the Tattler. Although some 
of the pupils were quite adept in the 
art of posing, there were many who had 
to be arranged. For once, we were all 
thankful for our gift of awkwardness, 
because all this was taking time which 
might have been spent doing something 
not quite so interesting. 

The Junior-Senior this year was the 
last one in which the class of '24 was 
ever to be included. The various com- 
mittees were appointed and began their 
preparations which progressed rapidly 
until the decoration committee decided 
that they would like to have "some- 
thing different" than the usual trim- 
mings. After serious consultation, they 
decided upon balloons. Although the 
committee's attempt at being "differ- 
ent" was unsuccessful in one sense of 
the word, that of beautifying the hall, 
it was a great success in another. The 
balloons furnished a source of conversa- 
tion for those dancing couples who were 
not very well acquainted. 

After the dance, the last one which 
would ever be given in honor of the 
class of 1924, the days sped swiftly, with 
the thoughts of graduation looming in 
the distance. In the minds of each and 
all of us, there was that one resolution, 
to "proceed and not recede." 

I was startled from my reverie by the 
voi^e of my niece who had returned 
from the dance. As I listened to her 
joyous account of the evening's pleas- 
ures, I wished that it was possible to 
renew one's youth and I resolved that 
if such an invention were ever made, 
my high school days would be the pe- 
riod which I would choose. 

L. Anita Smith '24. 



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RICHARD LEWIS BRECKENRIDGE 

Captain of the second basketball team in his 
fourth year of the search for knowledge in our 
humble midst. It was due to his mental exer- 
tions that the second team gained such promi- 
nence and we feel sure if the season hadn't 
ended it would have outscored the first team. 
Dick's chief ambition is to become professor at 
Clarke School. As there is no preparatory 
course offered in the High School for a position 
of this sort, he has been trying a method of his 
own. ' ' Silence is golden. 



MARY AGNES BURKE 

Honor Group ; Class Prophecy. 

Mary is an excellent student and rarer still 
she is a conscientious worker, having retained 
said conscience even through four years of 
High School. Despite her efforts along schol- 
astic lines she has found time to give to the 
basketball team. We know that she will be suc- 
cessful in whatever she may attempt. 





MILLIE RUTH DANSEREAU 

We have especially enjoyed the presence of 
this happy and humorous student in our French 
class, particularly when "cabin boy" is read as 
"cod fish" or when '"rascal" is understood to 
be "steam shovel." Nevertheless she has spent 
her time in W. H. S. profitably and, we believe 
that her ready laugh will help her along wher- 
ever life's road may lead. 



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DONNA MARGARET EMRICK 

Donna has been taking vocal lessons and we 
understand that her favorite song is ' ' My Sweet- 
ie Went Away. He Didn't Say Where. He 
Didn't Say "Why." Although she makes (we 
conclude she does anyway) wonderful bread, 
her real ambition is to take Prima tor a first 
name and to appear on Broadway, (rood luck. 
Donna ! 



FREDRICK HERBERT FIELD 

Baseball (3) ; School Orchestra (4). 

"'Freddie" hails from the '"Land of Plenty." 
He is chiefly noted for his musical ability which 
was shown in his debut at "The Man of the 
Hour" when he endeavored to make his pres- 
ence known even to the extent of drowning cut 
the rest of the orchestra. We hear that his am- 
bition is to become drum-major of the Goshen 
Fife and Drum Corps. We wish you luck. 
Freddie ! 





ALICE GERTRUDE GRAVES 

Class President ( 1 ) : Vice-President class (2) ; 
Vice-President Debating Society (3) ; Secretary 
and Treasurer Girls' A. A. (3) ; President De- 
bating Society (4): President Girls' Glee Club 
(4) ; Vice-President Girls A. A. (4). 

The clas> of '24 was piloted through the dif- 
ficulties and vicissitudes of their Freshman year 
only by the faithful guidance of Alice. We 
can't see how the other organizations could have 
possibly existed without the advice and council 
of this member of the class. Despite all these 
officers, she has found time to share the burden 
of the recitations. We know she will be as suc- 
cessful in life as she has been in W. H. S. 



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ALMA MARIAN GRAVES 

Secretary and Treasurer Girls' A. A. (4). 

"What is so rare as a sweet girl graduate in 
June?" This brown-eyed girl has been working 
four years to prove the truth of this statement 
to her schoolmates of W. H. S. We sometimes 
wonder what the Girls' Glee Club could have 
done without her. Alma hopes to study music 
next year. We understand that her ambition is 
to get a ' ' Bob ' ' and become a ' ' Cook. 





ELEANOR FARRELL MANSFIELD 

Eleanor has been with us for four years al- 
though she herself still seems rather puzzled 
and uncertain of it — but cease worrying Eleanor 
and lay down your pen — your High School days 
are not "unfinished." We will certainly miss 
her smiles and her dimples, as well as her flow- 
ing tresses which have not yet been severed. 
We send with her our most sincere wishes for 
a happy successful life. 



FLORA ELEANOR MANWELL 

Vice-President Girls' Athletic Association 
(4) ; Class Secretary and Treasurer (4) ; Ex- 
ecutive Committee Debating Society (4) ; 
Basketball (4); Honor Group; Cheer Leader 
(3 and 4) ; Commencement Farewell Address. 

This lassie came to us from the wild and 
woolly spaces of Northeastern Ohio, joining us 
in our Sophomore year. Since coming here she 
has earnestly striven to adorn her report card 
with more "A's" than her twin brother. 
Flora's ambition is to lead the cheering section 
of Smith College. We know that she is well 
fitted for this honor as she has already shown 
her ability at W. H. S. 




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FRANCIS HENRY MANWELL 

Class Secretary and Treasurer (2) ; Associate 
Editor of Tattler (3) ; Editor-in-chief of Tattler 
(4) ; Treasurer Glee Club (4) ; Secretary and 
Treasurer Debating Society (3) (4) ; Basketball 
(4) ; Class Orator; Honor Group. 

Much credit is due Francis for the time and 
labor devoted to making the Tattler a success. 
Although he was greatly occupied with this 
work, he has still kept his records to the highest 
point. Francis is a silent chap most of the time 
although he can always talk when he gets 
started. He seems to favor Amherst as his fu- 
ture Alma Mater. 



EDWARD HENRY SCHULER 



Class President (2) ; Basketball manager (2) ; 
Class Secretary and Treasurer (3) ; Basketball 
(1) (2) (3) (4); Baseball (1) (2) (3) (4); 
Associate Editor of Tattler; Class Prophecy on 
Prophetess. 

"Ned" has always shown a keen interest in 
athletics. In fact as an all-round athlete he is 
the best to have been graduated in some years, 
excelling especially in basketball. His ability 
was first shown in his Freshman year, and by 
the time he had reached his last year he was 
considered to be one of the best High School 
forwards in this section. Nothing seemed to 
appal him until Junior-Senior, then through 
"Grace" he was saved. "Ned's" ambition is 
to become mascot to the "Yankees." We wish 
him the greatest success. 





RUTH ELLEN SMART 

Ruth has taken a keen interest in all the 
activities of W. H. S., although local dramatics 
have absorbed so much of her time that she is 
seldom seen at "P. M. " session. We under- 
stand that her real purpose in life is to write 
short romances. "Experience is a good 
teacher." 



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LUCY ANITA SMITH 

Treasurer of the Glee Club (1) (4) ; Secre- 
tary and Treasurer (2) ; Vice-President of Class 

(3) ; Executive Committee of Debating Society 

(4) ; President Girls' Athletic Association (4) ; 
Captain Basketball (4) ; Associate Editor of 
Tattler (4). 

Introducing to you just "Neet." We are 
very grateful to her for the many times that 
she has saved us from extra session for Cicero. 
No place was so difficult but that she would at 
least make a guess. She has also shown her 
ability in basketball and many times she has 
brought victory to W. H. S. We understand 
that Anita's chief ambition is to teach Latin to 
the Chinese. 





DAISY MAY WAITE 

Music Committee of Debating Society (4) ; 
Class Financial Committee (4) ; Orchestra (4). 

It is customary to salute her by her full name 
Daisy May Waite. We have noticed no indica- 
tion of that however as there is nothing slow 
about Daisy. Like all "daisies" it has been a 
case of "she-loves-me ' "she-loves-me-not." 
She is ambitious to become a librarian, having 
received training as secretary of the American 
Historv class. 



RUTH CONVERSE WAITE 

On account of the excellent educational ad- 
vantages of the Searsville school system Ruth 
was enabled to enter our class as the youngest 
member although one would never suspect it. 
We do not know her intentions for the future 
but some rumor tells us that she will accept a 
position in some large hotel as she has an in- 
clination toward "Porters." "S'at rite, 
Ruth?" 




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CHARLES JOSEPH WATLING 

Class Secretary and Treasurer (1) ; Class 
President (3) (4) : Joke Editor of Tattler (4) ; 
Basketball (3) (4); Baseball (3) (4). 

To "Charlie" we are indebted for the name 
of this book. However this name isn't a char- 
acteristic of Charlie as he is well known for his 
loyalty to his school-mates. He has been a 
model of fellowship and good fun. No recep- 
tion committee is necessary when " Charlie" is 
around. His pranks will long be remembered 
by the class of '24. His ambition is to become a 
comedian and we know that he can fulfill it. 



WENONAH MAY WEBB 

Wenonah came from Woodstock. Vermont to 
join our ranks in the Sophomore year. She has 
shown her ability in the Debating Society en- 
deavoring to carry it into Civics Class where she 
met plenty of opposition. She is going to enter 
North Adams Normal School this fall. We 
think that she has chosen wisely — and we wish 
her luck. 





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ADDRESS OF WELCOME 



Dear Friends' : 

In behalf of the Class of 1924, I take 
great pleasure in welcoming you to our 
class exercises. 

No individual can win success with- 
out the aid of others. The gloomiest 
day is brightened by the kindly smile ; 
the discouragement of difficult work is 
lightened by the sympathetic voice, or 
the quick glance of appreciation. To- 
night, we begin to realize more fully 
that this evening has been made pos- 
sible only by the help that we have re- 
ceived through your patience, earnest- 
effort, and sacrifice. 

Indeed, it is with a feeling of sadness 
that Ave prepare for our departure from 
a place where such a long period has 
been spent, in training our faculties, 
storing knowledge for future use, and 
also in making life-long friends. We 
know that we shall never regret the 
hours spent in faithful work or kindly 
service. 

During our years in this school, we 
have not always kept untarnished the 
good name of our Alma Mater, some- 
times through ignorance, more often 
through carelessness. We ask your 
leniency. 

The Education which we have ac- 
quired here will be part of our equip- 
ment for conquering the obstacles 
which will confront us in the future. 

Many times in life we shall reflect 
ar>d ask ourselves if we have been suc- 
cessful. If we have, we shall have 
reason to thank our parents, friends, 
school, teachers, and our God. 

Chas. J. Watlinaj '24. 



Last Will and Testament 
Class of 1924 



Be it remembered that Ave the class 
of nineteen hundred and twenty-four, 
being of sound mind and memory, but 
knowing that Ave are about to leave the 
Williamsburg High School do make this 
cuv last will and testament. x\fter pay- 
ment of our just debts to our teachers 
for their kindly assistance during the 
past four years, we, as a class bequeath 
and deAnse as f oIIoavs : 

To the much too lively Juniors the 
Senior modesty and the right to occupy 
the space formerly held in their posses- 
sion but not the Whole building at one 
and the same time. 

To the inattentive sophomores the 
right to occupy Miss Dunphy's room 
provided they act as well in the room 
as the class now leaving and make a 
record that shall approximate the glory 
and prominence of the class of 1924. 

To the very young Freshmen, a guide 
book of calisthenics also a book entitled. 
"How to Keep Off P. M. Session," 
which Ave hope some of them Avill study 
Avell during this summer's vacation. 

Our good behavior, to the three lower 
classes, but be it especially distributed 
to the needy Juniors and Freshmen. 

To our baseball and basketball enthu- 
siasts the privilege of keeping their 
grades up to mark. 

To Mr. Warner, the janitor, all the 
scrap paper on Miss Dunphy's desk that 
our successors may not have another 
clean-up week and be forced to trans- 
late Latin on paper originally used for 
words of sentiment and affection or 
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To Mr. Clough. a set of new geometry 
books that he may instruct and guide 
other unfortunate victims by r>roofs and 
problems that are more nearly up-to- 
date. 

To Miss Merrifield. a copper kettle 
that she may more easily boil down her 
sentences which she uses to illustrate to 
her Senior English class. 

To Miss Toole we shall present a 
stereotyped copy of a lecture entitled 
•'Brace Up," that may be used for the 
Sophomore Class. 

We do hereby make these bequests of 
personal property: 

Ruth Waite's privilege of riding in 
the "Grey" to Alice Nash on condition 
of being out not more than seven nights 
in the week. 

Flora Manwell's ability as cartoonist 
to Hazel Holden, provided she use 
some one besides those of the Junior 
class for models. 

Anita Smith's ability to do quadrilles 
to Robert Smiley. 

Alma Graves' power to get the fel- 
lows to Margaret Kempkes. provided 
she do her Latin before she goes out 
evenings. 

Francis Manwell's ministerial ora- 
tory to Edward Foster, with the under- 
standing that Edward study for the 
ministry on leaving High School. 

Donna Emrick's vanity to Gertrude 
Dobbs, provided she use the constitu- 
ents, namely a comb and compact not 
too frequently. 

Edward Schiller's calm spirit and 
shyness to Wilbur Purrington, with the 
hope that he won't exceed Edward's 
limit. 

Wenonah Webb's gift of eloquence 
and facility of becoming entangled in 
ideas and arguments to Robert Nash. 

Mary Burke's sneeze which can at- 



tract one's attention at any time to 
Lawrence Coogan, provided he try not 
to exceed Mary's limit during a school 
day's session. 

Richard Breekenridge 's power to 
charm the girls, to Fred Sampson. 
Sampson being allowed to take the girls 
riding on the Goshen Road only. 

Eleanor Mansfield's musical ability to 
Edwin Breekenridge, that lie may sing 
and practice hymns instead of driving 
the "Nash" around. 

Daisy Waite's right to sell candy, to 
Bessie O'Neil if she will sell one box for 
every ten she eats. 

Ruth Smart 's coquettish ways to Eliz- 
abeth Burke. 

Charles Waiting's wit and talent as 
an entertainer to Alvan Barrus. 

Freddy Field's excessive height to 
Merrill Bisbee. 

Millie Dansereau's geometric ability 
to David Hoxie. 

We will and bequeath to the entire 
student body opportunities, privileges 
and chances of a life-time — opportunity 
of making history worthy of publication 
in the Tattler, the privilege of follow- 
ing illustrious classes that have gone 
forth from Williamsburg High School, 
especially the class of 1924 and the 
chances that are always in evidence in 
a well-ordered high school. 

To the school in general all our good 
wishes for its prosperity. 

The rest and residue of the class 
estate both real and personal, but mostly 
personal, which includes our best wishes 
and most grateful appreciation for all 
she has done in the services she has 
rendered us during our four pleasant 
years of high school life to Miss Anne 
Dunphy, our room-teacher. 

To the school committee the privilege 
of signing all diplomas next year. 



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To Mr. Merritt the ever increasing 
fame and glory, that will he a promi- 
nent part of his assets in years to come 
for having been superintendent of 
schools when the class of 1924 so grand- 
ly finished its work in the Williamsburg 
High School. 

We do hereby appoint Mr. Vernon 
Stiles as executor of this our last will 
and testament. 

In testimony whereof we here unto 
sign our names in the presence of three 
witnesses and declare this to be our last 
will and testament this twenty-fourth 
day of June, in the year of our Lord 
one thousand nine hundred and twenty- 
four. 

Senior Class. 
Alice G. Graves '24. 



CLASS PROPHECY 

I was not only tired but lonely. It 
was a drizzly, rainy night. T was shut 
out from the world with my thoughts 
as my only companions. Without, the 
night was deep and dark. I seemed 
alone and as if a curtain had been 
drawn between me and all other living 
things. A sound agitated the monot- 
ony of the rain — a rustling against the 
window. It must be the wind beating 
the vine against the window pane. Out- 
side the radius of my lamp, funny 
shadows were forming. Finally in des- 
peration I turned to my radio. The 
noise of the static coupling with the 
rain increased my uneasiness. 

Becoming disgusted with all the bed 
time stories, I was about to give up, 
when I heard a cheerful and enthusi- 
astic voice saying, and, "You know he 
made a flying leap and then a basket." 
What a queer story! I listened and 
finally some one announced that Charles 
Watling, the well-known athlete and 
humorist would broadcast another Out- 



law Game the following evening. I was 
astonished. The voice continued, "A 
Lecture on the subject, 'Kindergarten 
Recreation' given by Edward Schuler, 
Professor of Pedagogy at Grace College. 
I knew this would be good as I remem- 
bered that Edward was well posted in 
this work. 

While I was carefully following this, 
another nearby station, S. L. 0., gave 
out the announcement, "The Famous 
Woman Hater, Richard Breckenridge 
had Avon the two mile marathon race." 

Reaching station W. A. R. ; the im- 
patient voice of the broadcaster was de- 
claring that Miss Eleanor Mansfield 
had just sent a telegram to the effect 
that her essay on "The Value of Post- 
Script" was unfinished and as she had 
just returned from a conference with 
director of the Spearmint Factory, she 
would be unable to fill her place in 
their program. 

A profound silence followed. Gradu- 
ally strains from "Mendelssohn's wed- 
ding march" came to me. It was being 
broadcasted from "The House Beauti- 
ful." The processional came to an 
end. Some one was speaking, but I 
could not distinguish the words. Then 
a clear and determined voice spoke, "I, 
Wenonah, take thee-Whom did she 
take? Thanks to that interruption 1 
could not tell, whether it was Bill, Tom 
Ed or Joe. Whoever it was I breathed 
a prayer that he could hold his own in 
debating. 

Station A. B. C. announced that 
Flora Manwell was collecting material 
on the subject, "The Comparative 
Characteristics of Blondes and Bru- 
nettes." She was looking for Ruth 
Waite, who had recently eloped to Har- 
risville from a Young Woman's college. 

The beautiful echoes from A'ida 
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and I recognized the voices of two fa- 
mous prima donnas whom I knew as the 
Alma and Millie of my school days. 
Enraptured, I listened until the music 
faded slowly away. 

Upon reaching station E. A. Q. I 
heard a very high stern voice declaring 
that the "Judicial system of the United 
States should be reformed." The voice 
became higher and more emphatic. 
Could it be the voice of a woman? 
After reading the list of radio pro- 
grams, I found out, Associate-Justice 
Ruth Smart was to speak from that sta- 
tion. This brought old memories to my 
mind, when Ruth under cross-examina- 
tion by prosecuting-attorney Hoxie. 
startled the court room by the power 
of her voice. 

At station M. E. N. an announcement 
was given that Donna Emrick, the ex- 
pert from the Woman's Institute, had 
exhibited the best recipe in the bread 
contest. 

Again I was interrupted. This time 
the message was from Captain Field, on 
the White Rook Ship, off the coast of 
Australia, saying, that he wished for a 
leave of absence as his wife Anita Smith 
Field was seasick. 

Station X. Y. Z. was broadcasting the 
well known play, "Safety First," with 
Francis Manwell starring with Alice 
Graves, to whom he soulfully said, 
"You've got the peachiest eyes." 

Station V. C. N. was announcing 
their program for the following even- 
ing, in which Daisy Waite, who had 
just returned from her work in the 
Bedium desert where she has succeed- 
ed in convincing the natives that she 
was the "Queen of Fairies," would give 
a lecture particularly concerning the 
time when she was pretty "nigh" cap- 
tured by a hostile chief. 

For a few more moments I strained 



my ears but could get only a buzz over 
the radio. I turned, twisted and ad- 
justed various parts but to no avail. I 
realized now that my reunion of the il- 
lustrious class of 1924 was ended. Smil- 
ing happily I crossed over to the win- 
dow and watched the clouds as they 
scurried aside to make way for the 
moon. 

Mary A. Burke '24. 



Prophecy on the Prophet 

After graduating from Commercial 
school and having made a successful 
start in my own business, I decided it 
was time to enlarge upon it. So I 
started on a trip which proved to be a 
great surprise. 

I was traveling in my car at a rea- 
sonable rate of speed when, suddenly, 
1 came upon a man who wanted a ride, 
and being in a friendly mood I took him 
in. We discussed the weather, condi- 
tion of the roads, and our pet hobbies. 
Finally our conversation wandered back 
to Williamsburg High, and I soon 
found out he was also a graduate of that 
school. We began to discuss our old 
schoolmates and teachers in such an 
ardent manner that I forgot I was at 
the wheel. Suddenly, I realized all too 
late, that we were leaving the road at 
a rather dangerous angle. All things 
changed. My thoughts went back to 
those good old days at "Burgy" High. 

It seemed that everyone had grown 
up. I was traveling far from New 
England when suddenly I was hailed by 
a tall, light-haired, attractive young 
lady. I stopped my car, jumped out, 
and to my great surprise found that it 
was my old shy classmate Mary Burke. 

She soon explained that she had run 
out of gas on her way to the "gym" 
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was being held. As she was coach, she 
had hurried away to get there early, 
and had forgotten to look at the gas. 
But that was soon secured. After thank- 
ing me, she asked if I would like to go 
to the game. Being an old "fan," I 
accepted and we were soon at the hall. 

The game was close and well played, 
but the skill of Mary's team soon 
proved its superiority and won by a 
score of 32-28. I did not wonder when 
I recalled Mary's early enthusiasm in 
basketball. After the game, I invited 
Mary to lunch, but she declined saying 
she already had an engagement. Then 
I smiled and said to myself, ' ' She hasn 't 
changed so very much after all, if she 
is teaching athletics in a popular young 
ladies' school." 

After a hearty good-bye, I took time 
to make some inquiries about Mary. I 



learned that she had so built up the 
reputation of the athletic department 
for skill and fairness, that only the best 
teams asked for games. She had also 
introduced the "Glenna system" or the 
art of self defence and had published 
one book, "Value of Athletics to the 
Smart Set." Her most recent activity 
was introducing new dances to take the 
place of the "Ritz and Tango Hop." 

Just then T heard a gruff voice say 
"he'll be all right in a few days all he 
needs is rest." Then I realized that I 
had been unconscious and that our ac- 
cident had set my mind back a long way 

I soon recovered and continued on 
my mission, but it was a long time be- 
fore I could forget my pleasant dream, 
which had brought back the memories 
of our good times at "Burgy" High. 

Edward H Schuler '24. 



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^■&.-i.6. 



Janet's Triumph 



Janet was very young to be a teacher. 
She had just passed her twentieth birth- 
day and it was almost a year since she 
was graduated from college. She had 
everything a girl could desire, a good 
father and mother and many friends. 
She should have been happy but she 
wasn 't. 

The cause of this unhappiness was the 
Ancient History class which was com- 
posed of about fifty freshmen. The class 
was held the last period in the day and 
the pupils were always more ready to 
listen to one another than to recite. 
Janet often found it was a hard task 
to gain their attention. If she spent 
her time keeping order, the recitation 
suffered, and she did want to be success- 
ful as a teacher. She had just made a 
plan and had decided to try an experi- 
ment. 

She sat at her desk waiting for the 
class. In they trooped, several looking 
quite mischievous. The period was half 



over when John hit the leg of the chair 
in which William was sitting. Down 
went William and chair with a crash. 
The class was in great disorder. Now 
was her chance, she would try her plan. 
"Children" she said, "We shall dis- 
continue the recitation for to-day." 
Silence followed who could imagine 
prim Miss Janet (as she appeared to 
them) discontinuing a class? Then 
Janet said "Would you like to have a 
picnic in the woods?" 

This was so unexpected that a pro- 
found silence pervaded the room. Then 
a few said in very subdued tones "Yes, 
Miss Parsons. ' ' 

"Then please be quiet" said Janet 
"and we shall make our plans now." 

They decided to go the following Sat- 
urday and roam in the fields and woods 
until they were tired, then they would 
have lunch and go home. 

Saturday dawned clear and fair. At 
the appointed hour all had gathered. 
The merry party soon reached the foot 
of "Bear Mountain," where there were 



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a few rocky farms. Soon they saw a 
nice field with large trees in one corner 
by the rocky trail. Here they left lunch 
baskets and were soon searching the 
woods for early spring flowers. Janet 
rested a while then she also wandered 
about. 

A shrill scream pierced the air. Janet 
was soon on the scene. John was run- 
ning for the fence pursued by a terrible 
creature bellowing with rage. She slip- 
ped off her red sweater and screaming 
and shaking it jumped over the fence. 
The bull saw her and enraged by the 
dancing red of the sweater pursued her. 
Janet screamed to John, "Run — run 
for — the — fence." She was breathless. 
When the creature was almost upon her, 
she threw the sweater and by chance it 
caught on the beast's horns; he stopped 
short and let out a roar like thunder. 
Janet ran for the fence, jumped over, 
and then crumpled into a heap. She 
had fainted. 

The children who were near ran to 
the spot, others came back from the 
woods where they had been gathering 
flowers. All wanted to do something 
for her. The boys brought some water, 
and the girls wet a handkerchief and 
bathed her face and loosened her cloth- 
ing. Janet regained consciousness amid 
much questioning and noise. After dis- 
cussing the adventure much to Janet's 
discomfort, they had lunch. This was 
a jolly time for all especially the boys 
as they were ravenously hungry. 

As the sun was setting over the west- 
ern hills they started for home tired 
but happy. That night many parents 
heard the story of John's rescue. 

When Janet came back to school the 
following Monday, an attentive class 
greeted her. John proved that he could 
be grateful for her kindness and her 
cup of happiness was brimming full. 

Wenonah Webb '24. 



The Rambling Ford 

F stands for Ford that will ramble away, 
O stands for oil that it eats in a day, 
R stands for rattle with noisy din, 
D stands for debt that it gets one in. 

All these spell a ear, which will go very fast 
If you've silver enough to feed oil and gas. 
Norman Goodwin '26. 



Our High School 

Our High School gives us our work and our 

play, 
It keeps us a-jumpin ' every day. 
There's Latin to learn and themes to wTite, 
And hustle and bustle from morn 'till night. 

While most have success, some failure secure 
And have after-session when work is poor. 
Though trials and troubles sometimes make 

us sore, 
We'll love the old High School forevermore. 

X. Y. Z. 



The Bluebird 

Hear the bluebird in the rain, 
Not a note doth he complain, 
But he swells the world 's refrain 
Singing with his might and main, 
Swinging with the bending branches, 
Seeking the sun's hidden glances. 

Marguerite Fornier '26. 



Hidden Treasure 

There 's plenty of gold in the world today 

We needn't go far to find it, 
If a cloud in the sky is dark and gray, 

There's plenty of gold behind it. 

There 's gold in the heart of men, I say, 
Though men may never have found it. 

There 's gold everywhere and gold every day 
If we 've only the will to find it. 

Elizabeth Kempkes '26. 



An Important Station 

A young man walked into the inspec- 
tor 's office. He was sent from Washing- 
ton as a fire lookout. The inspector 
asked for his recommendation, glanced 
over it then said, "Sign your name to 
it. ' ' He signed, ' ' Allen Woodruff. ' ' 



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He was immediately assigned to a 
station with the remark, "This is an 
important station, boy, and I wish you 
luck. What ever you do keep your 
head. ' ' 

"Thank you", said Allen and went 
out with mingled feeling of anxiety and 
happiness. He was to take the seven 
o'clock train for Pocatello, a small town 
in the heart of the great National Forest 

The next day, after a night of riding, 
he stood on the platform and watched 
the train pull out and disappear. He 
felt lonely for the first time in his life. 
He wandered slowly to the hotel where 
he was to meet a forest ranger who 
would take him to his station. 

As he was about to inquire for his 
guide he saw a man dressed in the garb 
of a forest ranger who asked Allen if 
he was the fellow who was going to take 
station A. 

"Yes", Allen replied. 

"Well, be ready at five tomorrow 
morning," he was told. He found Rob- 
erts at the corral before him with one 
horse packed and starting on another. 

"There's your eayuse in the corral." 
Roberts told him, "and the saddle and 
bridle are over there." Allen took the 
hint and started to saddle the horse. As 
he went up to it, the horse snorted and 
ran away and Allen followed. 

The ranger looked up, "Say kid, 
you've got to rope him. The rope is on 
the fence." Allen took the rope and 
tried his best, but the animal always 
dodged everything. By this time Rob- 
ert had finished packing and seeing 
Allen's plight took the rope and deftly 
caught the pony and saddled it for him. 
Then he caught and saddled his own 
pony and started off leading the pack 
horses, with Allen following. 

When out of town, Roberts set the 
pace at a fast canter. They rode in 



silence ; Allen having all he could do to 
stick on the horse, and Roberts being oc- 
cupied with his own thoughts. They 
soon started to climb and were forced to 
slow down to a walk. Allen was tired 
and glad of the change in pace. They 
climbed steadily for two hours before 
they came to a level spot. This was only 
for a short distance before they started 
to climb again. 

At noon they stopped for lunch un- 
der a big pine which was beside the 
trail. Roberts built a fire, made coffee, 
and cooked some steak. Allen was so 
hungry that he could hardly wait for 
the meat to be cooked. After dinner 
they started on again. The afternoon 
sky was clear, and the sun beat merci- 
lessly down. Allen thought that he was 
in some natural blast furnace. Every 
once in a while, however, a breath of 
wind relieved the heat for an instant 
but it soon died out. By night they had 
reached the summit of the mountain, 
and Allen took up his new duty. Roberts 
stayed over night, starting out next 
morning for the next fire station, over 
twenty-five miles away. 

During the next day Allen received a 
telephone call from a neighboring sta- 
tion. A woman's voice came over the 
wire. ' ' Are you the new man at station 
A?" "I have been trying all the morn- 
ing to get you." 

"Oh, you have," replied Allen. He 
found himself wondering whether she 
were young or old, if she were pretty or 
what 1 The voice was rambling on, and 
he was answering it mechanically. He 
found out that she had been a fire look- 
out before; for the rest of that day 
he kept thinking about that voice. He 
imagined her pretty, with brown eyes 
andblack hair. He thought perhaps he 
could see her over at her station so he 
sighted the telescope on station B; but 



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he could not see any sign of life. He 
kept watch all that day, but did not see 
a sign of a fire. Once he thought he 
saw smoke, but it was only dust from a 
moving band of sheep. 

Time went on this way for two weeks ; 
the woman and Allen talking each day 
over the phone. During this time a 
ranger had visited the station once with 
supplies. Allen began to wish something 
would happen to break the monotony. 

That night he was awakened by the 
telephone ringing madl>. He jumped 
up and answered the call. It was the 
inspector telling him there was a fire 
to the north of his station and he want- 
ed Allen to give him a definite location 
of it. Allen hurried to the tower, sight- 
ed the fire, took down the location, and 
sent it to the inspector. Then he went 
back to the tower again to watch the 
fire. It was raging down the farther 
slope and across the valley towards look- 
out station B. It would be an hour be- 
fore the firemen could arrive. 

The thought struck him, what if the 
fire should burn station B ! It was rac- 
ing up the mountain on which the sta- 
tion was situated. But then, he thought, 
the airplanes would surely pick her up 
before that. 

His telephone rang, it was her voice 
saying that a tree had fallen across the 
landing field, and the fire would be there 
in about three hours. He could hear no 
more, the wires had fallen and were use- 
less. What could he do? He couldn't 
leave his station and there was no way 
of getting word to her. The firemen 
could never save the station. If there 
was only some way to save her, there 
must be! 

He called the inspector telling him the 
circumstances. The inspector replied, 



"Saddle your horse and get over there 
as quick as you can." 

Allen started at a gallop down the 
trail. When he reached station B, it was 
surrounded by smoke and fire on three 
sides. He called and a figure came from 
the cabin. He helped her onto the horse 
and giving the animal a slap, it bounded 
down the trail with the girl clinging to 
it. Allen started to run ; but the smoke 
blinded him, and he stumbled over a 
rock and fell. He found he couldn't 
rise, but he could dimly see a smiy. 
rocky cave into which he crawled. T * 
seemed to him his lungs would bunst 
with the heat and smoke. 

The next thing he knew, he was being 
carried down the mountain. He opened 
his eyes and looked into the face of 
Jack Roberts. "Well kid," Roberts 
said, "I guess its about six weeks in a 
hospital for you." 

Edwin Breckenridge '25 



Pedro and Don 

'There's that pesky greaser on gov- 
ernment cattle land again. This makes 
the third time I've told him to get off, 
and he takes his time about it too, be- 
lieve me, ' ' said Ranger Dick Persons. 

Pedro was a sheep herder in the em- 
ploy of Don Diez, a rich sheep ranch 
owner of New Mexico. Pedro felt no 
wrong in going over the government 
boundry between the sheep and cattle 
grazing country, and now he was back 
again. 

"Some one of these cattle men will 
just let daylight into him some day, and 
nobody will be the wiser; but I don't 
want any crimes like that in my dis- 
trict," said the ranger as he rode down 
to Pedro. "And he's got that dandy 
shepherd dog, "Don", with him too." 

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you to get off this land, now git, 
pronto. ' ' 

"Miuda you own biziness. " 
"Come on, pronto." 
With that he started for the Mexican, 
who rose with a glittering knife in his 
hand. Peeling for his forty-five, Roger 
Persons found with dismay that it 
wasn 't there ; he had left it on the table 
in his cabin. 

Ssss-ss, the knife buried itself in the 
sheep-wagon. They grappled, and Pedro 
went head over heels. Rising quickly, 
he had another knife which had been 
concealed. Whissss-ss. This one landed 
in the saddle- horn. 

"Say you Mex., get out of here!" 
Pedro went, but with the slow move- 
ments that are characteristic of all 
Mexicans. 

"Guess I'll have to report him to Don 
Diez." 

The next day, Pedro had lost his job, 
and with sullenness blamed the ranger. 
"Me getta heem when he go through 
pass. ' ' 

Going to the top of the cliff, he pushed 
and tugged and labored, till he got a 
big boulder to the edge of the cliff where 
the slightest touch would send it tumbl- 
ing over. Then he lay in wait for the 
ranger. Finally he heard in the distance 
the click, click of steel-shod hoofs beat- 
ing against stone. 

"Now me geta heem," said Pedro. He 
pushed the boulder nearer the edge and 
let it go. With a roar, it tumbled down 
and down, till finally Pedro let out a 
yell, "My Don, hes gotta my Don." 
- "That was a close shave, Pedro, come 
down out of there." 

Pedro came down and saw Dick — and 
Don. "My Don, he's saved," he said. 

"Yes," said Dick, "but he's got an 
awful hole in his shoulder from a forty- 
five. He was shot by one of those cattle- 



men. See what your poaching on cattle 
land did for your dog." 

"Fixa heem up so hes live, anda helpa 
me getta my job back with Don Diez, 
and me no go over cattle land no more." 

In a few weeks time Don was able to 
get around ; and Don Diez had no better 
sheep herders, and Ranger Dick Per- 
sons had no better friends than Pedro 
and Don. 

Edw. C. Poster '25. 



Miss Bobbit 

Little Miss Bobbit went to High School, 
She wasn't smart, but she was nobody's fool. 
She was always thinking of silk and satin, 
And never quite knew her French and her 
Latin. 

Her hair was cut short in the present-day 

style, 
She had dresses, Egyptian, from right on the 

Nile. 
She knew how to paint and powder her nose, 
And loved to have someone send her a rose. 

Although, she thought of silk and satin, 
And never quite knew her French and hei 

Latin; 
Although she stayed up too late at night, 
Miss Bobbit was everyone's delight. 

Helen Merritt '27. 



An Old, Old Story 

The sun has sunk behind the hills, 
and the western sky is beautifully blend- 
ing a deep red with a rose colored pink; 
while the rest of the sky varies from a 
blue-green to the deepest blue. Another 
day is dying, the shadows are beginning 
to lengthen, and a deep silence hangs 
over the garden until it seems as if it 
were asleep. But listen! a soft note is 
floating out in the still air, now it is 
more distinct. It is the song of a bird 
raising its voice in praise to its Maker, 
for another glad day. The sky has fad- 
ed, twilight is falling and silence once 
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The latch to the gate of an old fash- 
ioned garden clicks, and wending her 
way towards the rose arbor is a maiden. 
She is tall and slender and moves as if 
she belongs to the garden itself. Her 
hair is a mass of brown silken ringlets, 
which turn to golden rays when touched 
by the sun. Her eyes are a velvety 
brown and her complexion matches the 
rose that she is plucking. 

A motor sounds on the drive, but her 
attention is absorbed by the roses. The 
moon is rising in the east and is flooding 
all the land with its golden light. A 
quick step sounds on the gravel path. 
It belongs to a tall, straight young man. 
Near the gate lie stops, for he sees her 
standing there. His heart gives a quick 
beat. 

"Good evening, Miss Stevens." 

"Hello, Mr. McClelland." 

"It's such a wonderful night, Miss 
Stevens, in fact, it is just the right kind 
of a night to spend on the lake in a 
canoe. Will you go?" 

"Oh, thank you, Mr. McClelland, 
wait a moment and I will get my man- 
dolin." 

They have reached the boat house, 
and now the canoe is drifting across the 
lake. Sweet musical tones are caught 
by the Zephyrs and are borne back over 
the water. 

The evening hours have slipped away 
and the canoe has landed at the shore. 

"Lueile"— 

Again is heard, the song of the bird 

in the gardens, and the night wind 

carries the delicate fragrance of the 

rose. 

Ruth Sma:t '24. 



The Life of an Ostrich 

The first I can remember is a little 
world, which was just big enough for 
me to lie in comfortably. 



As I lay there, I began to pick at this 
s] here which was around me; and to my 
surprise, it cracked and out fell a thin 
piece of hard substance, which I after- 
wards found was a piece of egg shell. 
My mould was suddenly flooded with 
light. I began to wiggle and my little 
mould fell to pieces. 

I found myself longing to stand on 
my weak legs. Not far away stood 
a large awkward looking bird with long 
legs and long neck which I learned to 
respect as my mother. Before I knew 
what was happening all the light was 
shut off, and I felt soft downy feathers, 
all about me. I was very warm so I 
moved around until I got my head out 
over my mother's wing. There, before 
me, I saw a great number of ostriches 
squatting or standing all about, and in 
the distance, I could see a high fence. 

The days of my youth passed rapidly. 
I learned many things in the first year. 
The principle thing was that I was not 
free, and that there were thousands of 
other birds like myself. Men came 
every day to feed us. When I was a 
year and a half old, some men came one 
day and began driving us to one end 
of the lot. There, we were driven be- 
tween high fences, and one man put 
something over my head and another 
plucked my most valuable feathers. 

The master of this big farm had two 
boys who liked to drive ostriches in a 
little wagon. Their father picked me 
out to be one of these birds, then some 
of the men began to tame me and get me 
used to the wagon. 

Now these two boys were far from 
being angels and were always into some 
mischief. This particular time they 
hitched me up and drove me to town. 
The first thing that I saw was a cop's 
badge, and it shone like gold. I went 
wild then, and pulled it off his coat and 



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tried to swallow it. Finally it went 
down. The next thing I saw was an 
alarm clock in the window. That shone 
too. It went down all right until the 
alarm began to go off. Then I began 
to try to find some place to hide my- 
self. To my grief, I stuck my head into 
a basket of eggs which lay at a store- 
keeper's door. 

The last I remember I was being 
pulled away by two men and I had a 
very funny feeling in my stomach. No 
wonder ! 

Bruce Nash '25. 



Green and White 

A wooded hillside is always a most 
beautiful spot, either for a walk or as a 
panoramic view point. Even in mid- 
winter one wonders at the sage majes- 
ties, especially, if surrounded by snow, 
and crowned by the dark green of 
pine, fir or hemlock. But the spring 
and fall with the developing and falling 
of the leaves, bring to a woodlot its 
crowning beauties. 

With the coming of warm breezes, 
bluebirds, and flowers, the leaves also 
break from their winter quarters and 
open into marvelous beauty. This wel 
come sight is best seen from some dis- 
tant point. 

Looking across the broad, shining 
river which seems a trifle dozy in the 
first warm days of May, we see, on a 
verdant hillside, some white birches 
standing in sharp contrast to their dark- 
er-hued neighbors. Their leaves also 
offer real contrast, for their bright yel- 
low forms a beautiful arrow-shaped 
dome which puts to rout the deeper 
shades. The maple is also most delight- 
ful, for, as it first appears, it forms 
with its bright red, a veritable fire to 
the birches flame. Later as the days 
lengthen, the various sorts of leaves 



turn to a more standardized green, but 
they are even then one of God's most 
beautiful creations. 

And then the fall arrives. Fluttering, 
flying and dashing, the leaves fall from 
their all too brief summer homes. Then, 
indeed, it is a delight to walk in the 
forest. Now, instead of each tree having 
different colored leaves, the leaves 
themselves are decorated with red, yel- 
low, gold and many tints as yet un- 
named. What a joy to view the various' 
assorted pigments, and yet what a sad 
joy when we think of these monarchs, 
as veritable kings shorn of their wealth ! 

Yet, it is only for a short time. With 
the coming spring, they break forth 
again into a wealth of beauty and 
strength, which we, with all our ingenu- 
ity cannot equal. 

David Hoxie '25. 



Solitude 



Ellen, the only daughter in an aristo- 
cratic family of ordinary means, ap- 
peared restless to her mother. 

Upon being questioned concerning her 
state of uneasiness she replied, "I'm 
tired of this lazy life, this part of play- 
ing lady. I would like some real work. ' ' 
Her mother held up her hands in horror 
at the idea of a Newton, one of the old- 
est families in Salem, working. As 
Ellen had argued this point with her 
mother before, she gave up in despair. 

The next day, as she was walking in 
the woods, she saw a coz} r spot in which 
to rest. She leaned her head against 
the tree and dreamed. She didn't hear 
the humming of the insects, the chirp- 
ing of the birds, the rippling of the 
brook, or even the dainty rustling of 
the leaves nor those beauties of nature 
which one hears when one is alone or 
with some kindred spirit. 



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27 



As she rested there, a vague form ap- 
peared, in the shape of an old woman. 
She said, "Why thy discontented face, 
clear?" Ellen, too unconscious of her- 
self to be frightened, replied, "I hate 
this quiet this loneliness, this humdrum 
sort of life ! I want to do something in 
Ihe world!" 

"Ah, my dear, thou must learn the 
value of solitude before thou cans't ever 
make a mark in this world." 

"Solitude!" cried Ellen, "I have had 
enough of solitude." 

"If thou speak this way of one of the 
dearest treasures in the world, thou dos't 
know its value. If one is young, my 
child and cans't not find enough interest 
in thine own person, how cans't thou ex- 
pect to give others an interest in life- 
work? One's thoughts are the dearest 
and most precious treasures which one 
has and when in solitude, one may re- 
view these measures. Nothing could be 
more beautiful. If thou ar't ever lone- 
ly, there must be some trouble in thy 
soul. If thou cans't find enough beauti- 
ful thoughts within thine own-self to 
keep thee from being lonely, then thou 
cans 't find thy life-work right there, and 
be thankful that thy worldly affairs are 
settled so that thou hast time to put at 
rest thy spiritual affairs. Good-bye, 
clear child, and mays 't thou find solitude 
more beautiful. ' ' 

Ellen awoke and thought, "What a 
funny old woman came to me in my 
dreams. ' ' 

As she walked home, she pondered 
over what the woman had said. Her 
conclusion was that the woman was 
right. Companionship is beautiful, but 
solitude sometimes surpasses it for soul- 
culture. 

L. Anita Smith '24. 



A Week End Visit at Camp 



' ' Oh Helen ! I have just received a 
letter from Mary inviting us to spend 
the week-end at her cottage. Will you 
go ? " 

"Of course I'll go Doris, I'd love to 
go. I was just wondering what we could 
do this week-end. I want to have a good 
rest and forget that I ever saw a book. ' ' 

The rest of the morning was spent in 
preparing for the visit. In much haste 
the girls, with baggage in hand, board- 
ed the train. The girls were just settling 
themselves comfortably when the porter 
called out, "Rivers Junction", so, with 
haste, they left the train. 

After a short ride across the ferry, 
the girls began to climb up the little 
path which was well sheltered by white 
birches. Soon they were met by Mary. 
After a most cordial welcome the girls 
again started up the winding path. At 
last they could see the cottage enclosed 
among the beautiful white birches. 
What a picturesque scene ! 

The girls were shown to their room 
which was small but very cozy, and 
Mary left them to unpack and get ready 
for supper. Not long after, the girls 
were sitting around the little camp 
table enjoying a bountiful supper. 

It was a wonderful moonlight night, 
and the stars were shining brightly. 
"Oh girls," called Mary, "this would 
be a wonderful night to go canoeing. 
Shall we go? There is a path leading 
down to the river and it is only half a 
mile. I'll bring my banjo, and we can 
have lots of fun singing our college 
songs. ' ' 

The girls both agreed without any 
hesitation, and they started down the 
well-trodden path. They had not gone 
far when they heard voices behind 
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were overtaken by three yonng fellows 
each carrying a banjo, who were also 
going canoeing. They invited the girls 
to go with them. 

The first thought that came to the 
girls ' minds was who were these fellows, 
when one of them exclaimed, "Why 
Mary, you don't even recognize your 
own brother Bill. 

"Well, well, I should say I didn't, 
and if this isn't Helen's brother Bob 
and Doris's brother Dick. Well boys, 
you'll have to excuse us for this time. 
You see the trees were shading your 
faces, and, besides, we never dreamed 
of seeing you here. We thought you 
were at college." 

Without any further hesitation, the 
girls accepted, and soon there were 
three canoes gliding over the river by the 
light of the moon. If one was listening- 
he could hear the sweet melody as they 
glided over the water. 

Soon they drifted apart. One scarce- 
ly knew that any one else was around, 
when suddenly, there was heard from a 
distance a splash, a scream. 

"Oh Dick!" cried Helen, "what has 
happened?" Swiftly they moved down 
the river. "It's Doris," continued 
Helen, for Mary and Bob have just 
helped Doris and Bill into their own 
canoe." 

When they reached the scene they 
noticed Doris and Bob dripping wet. 

"What happened?" asked Helen. 

"Well," said Doris, we tipped over 
and it was rather wet." 

"Well I guess this is the end of our 
canoeing for this evening," said Bill. 

So with haste the canoes were paddled 
back to the shore. The girls invited the 
boys up to the camp where they enjoyed 
a good cup of hot chocolate and where 



Bill was allowed to get dry. 

As the clock struck ten, the boys bade 
the girls a hearty good-bye and left for 
college. 

The next morning there were no ill 
effects from the previous evening's 
events. After breakfast the girls helped 
tidy up the camp. Mary had the day 
well planned for them. They should 
take their dinner and supper and go 
off on a picnic, taking books along to 
read. With lunch and books ready the 
girls started. They had gone only a 
mile when they came to a beautiful spot 
where they spread their lunch under a 
large maple tree. Afterwards, each one 
in turn read to the others. Suddenly 
there was a flash of lightning, a storm 
was coming. 

The girls picked up their things and 
hurried back to camp. To their sur- 
prise, on the porch, were their brothers, 
waiting. 

"How did you happen to get here?" 
asked Mary. 

"It was Mountain Day at college and 
we thought we would come this way. We 
saw the storm coming and we made our 
way to your camp." The fellows were 
invited to stay to supper and spend the 
evening. The boys accepted and they 
all enjoyed a pleasant evening, singing 
and dancing to the accompaniment of 
Helen's banjo. Ten o'clock came soon, 
but all agreed that they were surely 
glad that it had stormed. 

The next day the sun was shining 
brightly. All were sorry that the pleas- 
ant week-end visit had passed so quickly. 
After a delicious dinner the girls great- 
ly benefited by their pleasant visit, bade 

Mary a warm good-bye. 

Alma Graves '24. 



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29 




Every boy and girl needs some way to 
give expression to their pent-up energy. 
Consequently, some take up one sort of 
athletics, while others prefer different 
branches, usually those to whichever 
they feel themselves best adapted. 

No high school is complete, no matter 
how good the courses may be, without 
some physical as well as mental exercise. 
This is usually furnished in the smaller 
schools by the two major sports — basket- 
ball and baseball. 

Williamsburg High School, ambitious 
to prove her mettle in basketball, started 
off with a fine record, winning the first 
four straight. This was not done wholly 
by the team. Ask any player what it 
means to have "rooters"! Then the 
loyalty of the school body is appreciated 
and, the school did respond nobly. 

In regard to the players themselves, 
Schuler, the captain, needs no introduc- 
tion. Anyone who has seen this speedy 
man on the floor has realized that he is 
the greatest high school player Williams- 
burg ever turned out. 

Watling, playing forward with Schu- 
ler made a fine record. The game played 
at Northampton against St. Michael's 
was won by the foul baskets shot by 
Watling. 

Purrington, starting at center, was 
hard to beat in the jump, and showed 
good judgment in pass work. 



Foster and Cook, guards, were guards 
in every sense of the word. As a ma- 
chine, they exhibited their powers in 
passing, guarding and shooting when 
the chance occurred. 

Goodwin, who started as a star on the 
second team, soon proved equal to the 
place of first substitute on the first 
team. In a critical moment, he could 
be looked to for the necessary baskets. 
Do you remember how small he looked 
compared to Jim Graham, who guarded 
him (or tried to) in the Outlaw series'? 
But he showed his might by getting 
three nice baskets in the first few 
minutes. 

Man well, as the other substitute, 
worked consistently for his uniform, and 
earned it. He did not appear in many 
games, but when he did, he gave a good 
account of himself. 

The principles of clean sportsmanship 
emphasized by Mr. Stiles at the opening 
of the season were apparent throughout, 
and have added much to the year 's good 
record. The patient, steady work of 
Mr. Stiles as coach has been the founda- 
tion of this year's record and an in- 
spiration for further success. 

Although we lose Captain Schuler 
and Watling this year, the next season 
should prove a great success with the 
men from the second team joining the 
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In baseball, the boys did not make 
any marked progress, but all admit that 
the exercise did" them a lot of good. With 
the right man to handle them they 
can accomplish much next season. May 
we see the boys come through strong in 
both sports! It's up to them, for the 
sake of Williamsburg High School. 



GIRLS' ATHLETICS 

That spirit, necessary for the best 
results in athletics, was very well shown 
in the work of the W. H. S. girl's bas- 
ketball team. When the period for 
practice was announced, all were anxious 
to be around in order that they might 
"'do honor" to W. H. S. at their games. 

The team didn't have a very large 
schedule, playing only four games. The 
first was played in Ashfkld against the 
fast Sanderson Academy quintet and 
both victory and spoils belong to them. 
Our girls were not very well trained in 
the art of roller skating, thereby making 
it difficult for them to retain their 
equilibrium upon the slippery surface 
of the court. 

The second game on our schedule was 
with the Ashfield girls, and was antici- 
pated by everyone, as the W. H. S. 
quintet determined to keep the victory 
of this game at home. The result of the 
game was the victory of W. H. S. due 
to the starring of Captain Anita Smith. 
Alice Graves and Mary Burke, and also 
due to the fact that both of the teams 
played with heads up. 

The next game was with Smith Acad- 



emy quintet of Hatfield, a very good 
group of players. It must be admitted 
that they know how to play Basketball. 
One of the visiting teams, who answered 
to the name of Christine or "Chrys" 
was a player worthy of much credit. 
She added point by point to the Hat- 
field score and was the chief cause of 
their victory. 

The fourth and last game was played 
in Hatfield against the same team, and 
although the Burgy quintet lost, it was 
not discouraged. ' ' Chrys ' ' again was the 
star, and she, with the clever work of 
the rest of the team, played a very 
clean and fast game. 

The W. H. S. quintet did not have a 
very successful season, not because they 
were not trained in the art of Basket- 
ball, not because they lacked the neces- 
sary spirit) but because they played 
teams which played a faster brand of 
ball. 

Our team consisted of: — 

Captain — Anita Smith 
Alice Graves 
Mary Burke 
Flora Manwell 
Elizabeth Burke 
Gertrude Dobbs 
Alice Nash 
The first four of these being seniors, 
will not have the opportunity of play- 
ing with W. H. S. again, but they do 
wish them the greatest success possible, 
and they feel confident that if they turn 
out for practice and follow the good 
coaching of Miss Dunphy, theirs will be 
a season of victory. 



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JUNIOR CLASS 



President — Edward Foster 

Vice-President — Wilbur Purrington 

Secretary-Treasurer: — Elizabeth 'Neil 

We fear that there was some illusion 
in the minds of the Junior class when 
they chose their motto "Labor conquers 
all". Either the "all' was too indefinite 
or the real meaning of labor was ob- 
scure. The only one to whom this motto 
seems clear is Margaret Kempkes, who 
receives the only A's which the Junior 
class can claim. Perhaps you wonder 
bow the rest of them have been spend- 
ing their time. 

Hazel Holden and Bruce Nash must 
have been training for a correspondence 
course of some kind as they have been 
practising all year. If they would take 
a course in short hand much time would 
be saved. 

Alvan Barrus has been growing and 
if he increases much more in height he 
won't qualify for the 2nd Basket ball 
team next year. 



We feel sorry when we see Bessie 
O'Neil wracking her brain to remember 
all of the wonderful exploits of her class 
of which she must give a written ac- 
count. 

David Hoxie has been preparing to 
go on the stage and in his own words is 
quite a piquant actor as was proven in 
the "Bells of Beaujolais. " 

Mary Wells has been devoting much 
time to a new subject in her high school 
course, namely "Trimming Bobs." 

Merrill Bisbee has been so busy that 
he could hardly attend school regularly. 
However, since he has been bringing his 
ear to school the number of absent 
marks has decreased. 

Edward Foster has developed a great 
fondness for music. But we think it is 
only an excuse to be released from P.M. 
sessions that he may practice with the 
Orchestra. 

Elizabeth Burke and Robert Smiley 
have been trying to perfect some plan 
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actions in class we think they have 
succeeded. 

Darby Cook spent most of his time 
this year practising on his trombone. 
The wailing strains which he sends forth 
are an added beauty to the melodious 
music of the orchestra. 

Gertrude Dobbs has been kept entire- 
ly occupied keeping her dates from be- 
coming confused. 

Fred LaValley has been so engaged 
in the enticing art of dancing, that 
sometimes he even forgot his French 
lesson. 

Carrol Clark has been seriously think- 
ing about settling her affections on one 



of her numerous admirers. But, which 
shall it be? 

To Wilbur Purrington and Robert 
Nash much credit is due as they were 
the only boys in the class who ventured 
to take partners to Junior-Senior. 

Edwin Breckenridge and Ruth Ather- 
ton have been the only two who attempt- 
ed to maintain the dignity of their class, 
even refusing to say anything in recita- 
tion room. 

Although the Juniors have many 
faults they are still the ' ' peppiest ' ' class, 
and if there was only more proof of a 
belief in their motto, nothing better 
could be desired. 



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CLASS OF 1926 



President — Elizabeth Kempkes 

Vice-President — Victoria Stempkowski 

Secreta y-Tieasurer — Helen Clark 



After their year of trial the Freshmen 
came back as Sophomores last Septem- 
ber, a few less in number but we under- 
stand that some of them think that Fred 
Sampon easily makes up for those that 
were left behind. 

Now the Sophomores will soon be Ju- 
niors that is some will, and we well know 
that they will behave themselves in 
Room I. But there are a few who have 
decided that they need special attention. 

' ' Jib ' ' Goodwin sure can play basket- 
ball but that's not all he can do well. 
At least judging from the amount of 
practice he gets in. we conclude that 
there is another game in which he is 
"forward" and conspicuously adept. 

Also Dick Bissell — he may be small 



but that cavalier manner is earning its 
own record. 

Victoria is really the belle of the 
class — she has the boys of the four 
classes at her feet. Perhaps it is because 
she's a Sophomore that she is so indif- 
ferent — even to this accomplishment. 

Helen Clarke seems to have a peculiar 
fondness for her sister's name — or may- 
be it's his Ford sedan. 

It is also rumored that Dick Manwell 
always aims for a seat near Marguerite 
Former but we guess that she and Helen 
Roberge meet him half way. 

In general it might be said that the 
Sophomores may be bad, noisy or too 
active but we doubt if this method of 
losing one's reputation is wholly origi-. 
nal (when we recall the record of the 
class of 1925). and therefore we advise, 
at least a change of method. Besides 
those already mentioned, they have two 
great distinctions; first, the amount of 
energy they expend getting out of work, 



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and secondly, their exasperating good 
nature. 

And now for a word of advice — don 't 
hurry to your classes at such a rate of 
speed that you endanger the lives of the 
rest of us. Again, don't be in the fix 



that the Seniors and Juniors were in this 
year — learn to dance. Above all don't 
worry about what we've said about you. 
you'll soon be taking the place of that 
"well known" class — the present Ju- 
niors. (They say it themselves). 



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37 




CLASS OF 1927 

President — Ruth Tetro 

Vice-President — Paul Nesbitt 

Secretary-Treasurer — Hadley Wheeler 

Williamsburg High School has been 
well supplied with its usual number of 
sturdy youngsters for the year's trials. 
Thus far they have acquired a fair 
sized vocabulary under Miss Merrifield 's 
careful guidance. 

The first of the year finds them 
wandering helplessly around the cor- 
ridors, gazing blankly at the walls and 
ceiling for guidance to classrooms. 

Merritt and Packard must have the 
best Algebra training in this school as 
at spare moments they are to be found 
in Mr. Clough's presence solving dif- 
ficult Algebra equations. Yes?!? 

Certain others in the class have a de- 
cidedly queer sense of humor, as they 
are not infrequently caught in the boil- 
er room during class time. We have 
not yet decided whether they are feeble 
minded or merely think Mr. Warner a 
very good instructor. 



Then again, Nesbitt, the boy who 
fondly imagines his face is his fortune, 
has received another beauty contest 
award from Goshen. Oh, well, I sup- 
pose the rest of us must be content with 
that which we have. Yes, yes, we al- 
most forgot, he is also reported to be 
quite a lady's man. 

Helen Merritt, Olive Rhodes and 
Helen Former have acquired the habit 
of being grinds. Good work girls, we 
need more of that. Wheeler is also an 
Algebra shark. Bravo, Wheeler. 

Grace Nash says, "No bobbed hair for 
.her, nosiree." No Grace, those hand- 
some braids come in handy for the boys' 
itching hands. 

Ruth Tetro and Charles Watling 
know that spooning is a popular game. 
We always thought so, Ruth, but it 
takes you to tell us. They seem to think 
the school wheelbarrow as comfortable 
as anything else. 

It is rumored that Miss Merrifield is 
intending to start up a book-store with 
the novels which she has received from 



38 THE TATTLER 

Bob Tetro and certain others in the has lost her chum Josephine, 

same class. For Reference work no Now Freshmen, don't take these lines 

doubt V.I of wisdom to heart as you probably 

Helen Wells, the shy lass of the class will be Sophomores next year (if you're 

is lost. Why haven't you heard? She passed). 



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DEBATING SOCIETY 



President — Alice Graves 

Vice-President — David Hoxie 

Secretary-Treasurer — Francis Man well 

Executive Committee — 

Anita Smith, Flora Manwell, Edward Foster 

The Debating Society has had on the 
whole a very successful year. Under the 
able direction of Miss Toole and the 
Executive Committee we have had some 
very interesting programs. Up to the 
time the Tattler goes to press we have 
had three debates, the questions under 
consideration being : 

Resolved : That student government 
should be established in this high school. 

Resolved : That Manual Training and 
Domestic Science be included in the 
curriculum of this school. And, 

Resolved : That labor unions are a 
menace to the country. 

SCHOOL 

School Spirit is that feeling and 
backing in an undergraduate body 
which makes a team fight to keep its 
name. If school spirit is lacking, then 
there is something wrong with that in- 
stitution. 

At Williamsburg High, we have had, 
this last year, such indestructable back- 
ing by the student body, that it has put 
Williamsburg High School on the map 
by means of the basketball team. In 
all our games, we have had a cheering 
section which made the team feel like 
fighting for the green and white, the 
colors of our Alma Mater. 

In other years, we have not had such 
good spirit, and, consequently, we could 
not expect any team to work success- 
fully although it tried its hardest. For, 
there was no backing when it was 
needed. 

Another phase of school spirit is good 
sportsmanship. A player or spectator 



The affirmative won in every case. 

Debating, however, is not the only 
thing we have done. We have had many 
social meetings of varied and interest- 
ing programs. 

One of the big events of the year was 
held May 23. The society was divided 
into two sides, each side trying to put 
on the best entertainm ent. All the 
Tattler Staff as impartial judges can 
say at present is that each side has a 
very good chance of winning. 

We can truthfully say that we believe 
the Debating Society is fulfilling the 
purpose for which it was created, to 
promote clear and accurate thinking ; to 
promote and practice the use of better 
English and ability for repartee and 
facility in public speaking. 

SPIRIT 

should not "razz" the opponents. A 
player should always play a clean, fair 
game, while the spectator should also 
have the same spirit on the sidelines. 
Not only in athletics should this spirit 
predominate, but it should be the same 
in the class room. Suppose every teach- 
er does give long lessons for the same 
day, or require more than we think is 
fair. Let us arouse that indomitable 
"I will" and treat them the way we 
did the "Outlaws," and at least do our 
best. 

Also in the debating society and on 
the baseball diamond, and on the tennis 
court, we should get out and do our 
bit! Let us not be kept on that P. M. 
session. Let us get out and support 
our school. 

We have had, this last year, a very 
fine school spirit, and so let us hope that 
we can not only equal, but even sur- 
pass it this coming year. 

W. Purrington '25. 



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SCHOOL NOTES 



September 4 — School began. All the 
little "Freshies" trotted up the walk, 
with eager, expectant faces, looking for 
Miss Merrifield's room. The little tots 
were an especially sweet crowd this 
year, although one or two, (no names 
mentioned) were too overgrown. The 
important little "Sophies," were there, 
feeling more important than ever. They 
had grown. We noticed particularly 
that some had decidedly increased in 
circumference. 

There was one change in the faculty, 
as Mr. Clough had taken Mr. Johnson's 
place as teacher of Mathematics. 

October 4 — We were all excited while 
witnessing a ducking party on some of 
the above mentioned Freshmen, con- 
ducted by certain members of their 
sister class, the modest (?) retiring 
(?) Juniors. 

October 5 — Freshman reception was 
held, at which the Freshmen rode the 
goat, according to custom. Everybody 
had a splendid time especially the goat. 
"Baby" Mildred was taken for an air- 
ing by "Nurse" Lloyd. Paul Nesbit 
and Hazel Hathaway were united in 
marriage (?) by the "Reverend" Fran- 
cis H. Manwell. Many other stunts 
were successfully performed, after 
which we treated the "darlings" to the 
usual ice-cream and cake which we en- 
joyed as much as they. 

October 23 — First Debating Society 
meeting of the year was held and of- 
ficers were elected. 

October 26 — The dignified ( ?) Seniors 
gave a Hallowe'en costume dance. The 
fortune teller spent a busy evening 
telling "fibs" which we all enjoyed im- 
mensely. The refreshments, (the best 
part of the evening), consisted of 
doughnuts, popcorn balls, and apples. 



Almost everybody was in costume which 
greatly added to the occasion. 

November 28 — Thanksgiving recess 
began. 

December 1 — Everybody returned to 
school with satisfied expressions. 

December 7 — The boys defeated Con- 
way in the first basketball game of the 
season. There was a beautiful moon 
which was enjoyed by certain ones 
especially, — you know who ! 

December 21 — The Juniors gave a 
Christmas party. The mistletoe caused a 
busy and exciting evening. Cold sores 
were in vogue the following week. 

December 21 — Our Xmas holidays be- 
gan, somewhat shortened by the insti- 
tution of the eight weeks system. 

January 4 — Both the boys' and girls' 
basketball teams went to Ashfield. Mr. 
Walpole had the honor of taking the 
teams while many others went in a bob- 
sled. The "Burgy" folks turned out 
well to uphold the honor of W. H. S., 
but alas! we were defeated. 

January 16 — We paid Ashfield back. 
The night was very rainy, but after 
waiting until 9.30 the Ashfield teams 
appeared. After the game the players 
were treated to cocoa and wafers. 

January 28 — Miss Dunphy became 
ill. Upon her recovery, she was so sur- 
prised to receive flowers from us, that 
she suffered a relapse. Mrs. Raymond 
Warner took her classes for a week. 

February 21 — Miss Dunphy went tc 
seek "Fountain of Youth," she found 
that school was a good place from whicli 
to escape. On her return the weather 
man decided to pick his quilt and we 
were favored with a regular old fash- 
ioned snowstorm. 



THE TATTLER 



41 



February 22— The "Sophies" fa- 
vored us with a Washington party. It 
was a trifle dull until Mr. Merritt in 
trodueed a novel game for high school 
students. 

March 18 — Another vacation. Every- 
body came back to school with renewed 
spirit ( ? ) for work. 

During this month almost everyone 
entertained a case of measles or mumps. 
Gracious, what swelled heads some peo- 
ple did have ! There were many forced 
vacations. 

April Fool's Day — The usual jokes 
were played. 

April 18 — We took a trip to Florida 
with Miss Dunphy, which was very in- 
teresting, after which Miss Merrifield 
treated the students with a Florida co- 
coanut. Urn ! Um ! 

April 25 — Vacation again ! Everyone 
returned to school with a weary expres- 
sion. 

May 9 — Junior-Senior reception. It 
was a very successful party and we were 
pleased by the presence of so many 
alumni. The unusual decorations added 
to the merriment, and the service was 
exceptionally good. 



May 14 — Seniors journeyed to 'Hamp 
to have their pictures taken. Mirabile 
dictu! they left Mr. Hoffman's camera 
intact. Not so much can be said for 
his nerves however. 

May 17 — Mr. Barnes took pictures of 
three lower classes and the girls' basket- 
ball team. Were the "Sophies" worry- 
ing about Caesar? 

May 23— The Debating Society held 
an "Odd and Even" contest. The 
' ' Odds ' ' won but both sides gave a very 
interesting program. The losers are to 
treat the winners. 

May 23 — First baseball game of the 
season played by the Odd and Even 
classes. The Odds won. 

Prizes were offered this year by the 
Grange for the three best essays written 
by the High School students. The sub- 
ject was, "How can we Improve the 
Town of Williamsburg." The first 
prize was won by Wilbur Purrington, 
second prize by Hazel Holden and the 
third by David Hoxie. 

This year the High School has or- 
ganized an orchestra. Although as yet 
it has not given many performances, we 
indeed enjoy it. 



This year an orchestra has been or- 
ganized. And for the few short months 
of very irregular practice periods, it is 
proving what an inexperienced amateur 
orchestra can do. 

The orchestra at first consisted only 
of a piano, two first violins, one second 
violin, and a snare drum. Since then, 
at different times, as pupils have gained 
confidence and ability, there have been 
added two more violins, a trombone and 
a bass drum, this having been loaned 
to the orchestra. Although the or- 
chestra is small the general interest has 



ORCHESTRA 

been very good. Each pupil bought a 
copy of music for his own instrument 
and this small collection of marches and 
waltzes is all that has been purchased 
this year. 

The first public performance was 
made when the orchestra played for the 
Women's Club drama "The Man of the 
Hour" for which it received much 
credit and applause. 

And, in closing, we surely hope that 
another year may add as much to an 
orchestra for our High School as their 
first year has done. 



42 



THE TATTLER 

ALUMNI 



Class of 1923 

Annie Bates — Commercial College. 

Lewis Black — M. A. C, Amherst. 

Catherine Burke — New Rochelle Col- 
lege, N. Y. 

Lyndal Cranson — at home. 

Bartley Gordon — Commercial College. 

Marion Graham — Commercial College. 

Beatrice Miller — Commercial College. 

Anna Patterson — Commercial College. 

Charles Roberge — at home. 

Minnie Stetson — Teaching school in 
Connecticut. 

Chester Stempkowski — Boston Univer- 
sity. 

Helen Tetro — Studying music. 

Viola Torrey — T e a c h i n g school in 
Chesterfield. 

Margaret Trainor — North Adams Nor- 
mal. 

Class of 1922 

Mildred Atherton — Teaching school at 

Mt. Street. 
Mildred Ball — Assistant nurse at Brush 

Shop. 
Margaret Burke — at home. 
Alice Damon — Bay Path Institute, 

Springfield. 



Rowena Damon — Westfield Normal 

School. 
Gertrude Goodwin — Training for nurse 

at Dickinson Hospital. 
Mildred Heath— Bay Path Institute, 

Springfield. 
Helen Nash — at home. 
Mrs. Edith Nichols Stiles — at home. 

Class of 1921 

Mrs. Ethel Miller Allen — at home, 

Westfield. 
Helen Benoit — M. A. C. ? Amherst. 
Robert Brown — University of Illinois. 

Wilfred Graves — Bridgewater Normal. 

Dorothy Jenkins — Teaching school in 
Williamsburg. 

Ruth Loomis — Teaching school in Hock- 
anum. 

Bernard Mansfield — Catholic University 
of Washington, D. C. 

Robert Mellen — Business in Williams- 
burg. 

Harold Nash — Business in Northamp- 
ton. 

Ruth Nutting — Framingham Normal 
School. 

Richard Smith — Boston University. 

Alton Warner — Bookkeeper at Norwood 
Engineering Co., Florence. 



THE TATTLER 



43 






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tZZZZZZZZ^EZ I ZZZZIZZZ ////' // /~> ,ss ;ss/ / , 



SNAPS 

Miss Toole : Where was the Declara- 
tion of Independence signed? 

Richard Breckenridge : On the dotted 
line. 



Wouldn't it seem queer if: — 

1. The girls would stop talking about 
bobbed hair? 

2. There was no P. M. session list ? 

3. There was no clock on the wall dur- 
ing Civics XII? 

4. The Tattler had some good jokes in 
it? 



Time to Crab 

When Miss Merrifield tells you to re- 
port after school for whispering, and 
all the time you've been as silent as 
King Tut. 



Why do Robert Nash and Robert 
Smiley seem to be so popular around 
the school? 

Because all the girls are talking about 
the pretty "bobs." 



Revenge 

David Hoxie says that he wishes that 
some explorer would unearth the bones 
of Cicero. Cheer up "Dave," we will 
see that he pays for all of your agony. 



Miss Merrifield : What kind of a posi- 
tion did Longfellow hold, before he 
started to write? 

Charles Watling: A very high one. 

Miss Merrifield: Namely? 

Charles Watling: Er-Er-Er-Steeple- 
jaek! 



Bad Company 

Millie Dansereau, reciting French : 
"There were three men in the cabin. 
They were Yann, Sylvester, and the 
Codfish." 



True Enough 

Mr. Clough : What is the distance be- 
tween the earth and the moon? 

Charles Watling : y 2 the distance, 
multiplied by 2. 



Not Here, Not There! 

Miss Toole: What part of the coun- 
try do you consider the north ? 
Alice Graves: The southern part. 



Fatigued by Time. 

Lawrence Coogan says that he is al- 
ways tired at the close of school. Why 
not discard the Ingersoll, "Jackie"? 



44 



THE TATTLER 



Visitor : Where is the other windmill 
that was here last year? 

Native : There was only wind enough 
for one so we took it down. 



Young citizen discussing the oil scan- 
dal: Say. who is this probe anyway? 

Another, much puzzled: What's the 
Bonar Law? 



Did He? 

Francis Manwell had explained a 
statement to Miss Toole. 

Miss Toole : Does everyone under- 
stand what Francis said? 

Flora (his twin sister) : No, I don't. 

Miss Toole : Then it is your brotherly 
duty to explain to her, Francis. 

Francis : Oh ! I '11 see her after school. 



W. H. S. Directory 

A is for Alvan, our wee Goshen lad. 

B for the Bobbies, who never are sad. 

C stands for Carrol, South Street's sweet belle. 

D is for David, who stories can tell. 

E is for Edwin, who drives a Nash 4. 

F is for Freddie, who never gets sore. 

G is for Goodie, who never is good. 

H is for Hazel, who would be if she could. 

I is for just I, of whom I'm quite proud. 

J for Josephine, with voice never loud. 

K for Kempkes. oh my what a flirt. 

L for the Lizzies, Lassies, quite pert. 

M for Merrifield, a teacher we know. 

N is for Nash fore'er on the go. 

O is for zero, of which all get a share. 

P is for plenty, with zero a pair. 

Q is for question, part of a test. 

R for reports, which never give rest. 

S is for session, held at quarter to three. 

T for trouble, with session you see. 

U for yourself, of whom you have heard. 

V is for verdict, P. M. session word. 
W for Watling. who has many a toy. 
X is for wrong, not exactly a joy. 

Y is for youngsters, Freshies you know. 
Z is the end, so now let us go. 



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